Hospice of the Northwest Featured in Pediatric e-Journal

Jan 26, 2024 | News

Hospice of the Northwest is a leader in pediatric hospice careWe are excited to announce that Hospice of the Northwest was recently featured in the esteemed NHPCO’s e-Journal, dedicated to pediatric hospice care. Read it here.

Going “All In” on Hospice Care

Anne Anderson, RN, CHPPN, the nurse coordinator for Seattle Children’s palliative care program, co-wrote the article. She highlights are successful partnership and how we stand out in pediatric hospice care:

“This hospice has gone all in with pediatric care, and by embracing it, they take a sense of pride in a job well done. That pride is apparent in all, from the people who answer the phone, their amazing staff, their medical directors, and executive director.”

Pediatric hospice care requires a unique approach. At Hospice of the Northwest, our team makes it a priority to understand the children they care for. Our team actively gets to know each child’s individual needs, joys, and goals for quality of life. We respect their choices and tailor our approach to fit their unique circumstances.

At the Frontier of Pediatric Hospice Care

Our team meets pediatric patients where they are— in terms of their diagnosis and where they live. “It means everything to these families to be home. It’s such an honor to be able to help with that,” said Dr. Anita Meyer, one of the medical directors at Hospice of the Northwest.

We provide hospice care in four counties spanning over 2,000 square miles. The article explores the unique challenges we face because of our vast service area. We care for patients in island communities only accessible by ferry and rural communities with very few services. Our dedicated team live and work in the communities we serve. Together, we develop creative solutions to meet the needs of our patients, even in the most remote areas. The authors of the article say our innovative approach has helped us “navigate the frontier of serving pediatric patients well.”

The Value of Collaborative Care

Over the years, we cared for pediatric patients with a wide range of conditions. Our collaboration with Seattle Children’s Hospital plays a crucial role in our success as a pediatric hospice provider. They offer ongoing education, 24/7 support, and invaluable resources. It’s a true partnership, built on communication and trust.

Guiding the Way for Other Hospice Providers

This particular edition of the NHPCO Pediatric e-Journal focuses on education and training for adult-focused hospice providers that are called upon to care for a child and family.

The authors asked two of our medical directors, Dr. Anita Meyer and Dr. Leslie Estep, for their thoughts on caring for pediatric patients. They shared valuable insights and practical advice, offering over 15 tips that serve as a roadmap for other hospices striving to successfully and respectfully provide pediatric hospice care.

Our Ongoing Commitment

We are incredibly honored to have been recognized for our dedication to pediatric hospice care. This article serves as a testament to the incredible efforts of our team and our unwavering commitment to providing compassionate, comprehensive support for every child and family facing serious illness. We constantly learn and evolve to best meet the needs of our patients. Our ongoing partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital helps ensure children in our community receive the exceptional care they deserve.

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